Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Joe G. Lenders
What's it about
Corey Feldman stars as Allan, some dude who digs another lady named Maria. Unfortunately, Maria is digging a dude named Joe, who is digging in the dirt and digs up a mysterious substance (!). Of course, Joe gets doused and begins acting very bizarre. In the meantime, Allan leaves town. When Alan swings back into town, he finds it to be rather desolate and the people who are there are all "pain and pleasure" and all that stuff. Can I finish watching this movie or will I beat my brains out on a sharp rock?
Is it good movie?
Have you seen The Crazies? Well, I wasn't really huge on that flick although I thought it was slick, suspenseful and fairly well done. This is a 'town gets infected' story that really doesn't work very well at all. I suppose the twist here is that this is a virus that makes people want to hurt themselves, but the idea of Hellraiser meeting 28 Days Later is a far more interesting sentence than it is a film put into practice.
And I mean come on man, Corey Feldman? Blech. For some people he has that "Oh, it's Corey Feldman" appeal, but for me the dude has never really been much. Sure, he's a punchline these days but I've never thought much of him as an adult actor. The dude is constantly trying to recapture his youth and seems to be acting like a straight up teenager throughout this film. He looks like an idiot (like a created character in a videogame) and acts like one too.
There are a few good spots about the film- Tanya Memme's performance as Maria is pretty decent and she pulls off the whole 'girl stuck in an awful situation' role pretty well, but she's like an M&M in a pile of rabbit turds. There is also a fair amount of gore here, with a decent amount of nastiness. I won't spoil what the townsfolk do to themselves, but some of it is pretty cool although a lot of it is laughable.
The film wraps up in ludicrous fashion and remains abrupt, too. The fights are terrible, the cast is mostly awful and the plot is ludicrous from the start. Avoid.
Video / Audio
VIdeo is presented in 1.77:1 widescreen and looks okay, nothing special although the film quality isn't very good to begin with.
Audio specs aren't listed but the film appears to be in Dolby 5.1.
Remember when Corey Feldman tried to sell his teeth and hair on EBay? That was far more entertaining than this mess, a truly strange movie with a silly concept that goes nowhere while serving as a vehicle for a never-was to show how cool he is, if this were 2001.